It is just as well there is a parliamentary recess next week.

It will give some much needed time-out for Speaker Trevor Mallard and the National Party.

Mallard's performance as Speaker this week has not done the Government any favours.


He is seen as simply part of the Government and the Government is seen to be throwing out National MPs - leader Simon Bridges and Nick Smith - from Parliament.

It has been so bad, that if Ardern is casting around for a capable minister to add to her ranks for the June reshuffle, maybe she should consider bringing